Brian Henderson from CHUM: Where He's At and What Happened

brian hendersonI'm frequently asked what happened to Brian Henderson from 1050 CHUM. Brian Henderson, or Henny as he's called, was a part of the 1050 CHUM Morning Show as you'll see in this ad from 1987.

I awoke this morning to a note from Brian with an update about what happened to him at CHUM and where he's at today.

Since I have no idea what "URL" and all that other computer mumbo-jumbo means, I'll skip straight to the meat.

Yes I have had, and to a lesser degree, continue to have health issues. The reason I was terminated at CHUM however had nothing to do with health.

I was fired because I was too old, making too much money. FULL STOP! In the meantime, I have grown quite comfortable in retirement. Comfortable because of the age old advice, "always marry a younger woman, so that even when you're downsized, at least one of you is working. All of the children have finally left home.

Oldest Gillian is back in school in Vancouver taking her masters. Youngest Erin has crossed the street and is now working for TSN, while Kyle, "The Wonderkid" has graduated with his teaching degree, right in the middle of an era when there are no teaching jobs, Just like his father, he too has a supportive wife with a good job, and so we're all doing fine. Except for the job part.

Anyone know of any teaching possibilities for Kyle? He lives in Burlington, but will eagerly travel.

HENNY


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CQ

Dude, this makes twice recently you've shilled work here for non-commenters.

January 9, 2012 @ 12:35 PM

David Marsden

Brian - so great you could set the record straight. All too often that opportunity is either not available or not used. Good for you.

Wishing you a wonderful future. After 5 years of retirement however, I discovered it was for folks who didn't like their jobs. Prediction: you'll find yourself back doing it - if even just from home. :-)

All the best to your teacher son as well.

Be strong.

David Marsden

January 9, 2012 @ 2:22 PM

Chris Mayberry

Brian -- listening to you daily through my years at CKEY and The Canadian Press, my wife and I feel we got to know you and your family.

Congratulations on retirement and hopefully the health issues dissipate.

You were always the broadcaster so many of us aspired to be.

Best regards...

Chris Mayberry

January 9, 2012 @ 2:59 PM

Kevin MacDonald

Brian, I remember you with Robbie and Samantha from the 1050 CHUM Morning Show. Used to listen to it every morning before school. Anyway...if your son needs a teaching opportunity, tell him to look into Yellowknife. Friends of mine tell me they're starved for teachers up there!

January 9, 2012 @ 4:25 PM

Cheryl

I remember Brian Henderson. He was on Chum for many years. good he's still alive just taking it easy.

January 9, 2012 @ 4:52 PM

Bickerson

Henny was great!

But with all due respect he didn't leave empty handed after surviving 25 years of format changes.

Same won't be said about this generation of contract media workers.

January 9, 2012 @ 6:09 PM

Freddie P.

Henderson was great. Somebody I listened to very closely in my early days - and I came within a hair of working with him.
http://www.canadianthinker.com/2008/06/i_almost_worked_with_rick_hodge.html
And here's a video I found of Henny's 65th Birthday.
http://youtu.be/hTao2HfhZ4E

January 9, 2012 @ 7:38 PM

Randy Pike

Have Kyle give me a holler...I hear they are hiring LOTS of Teachers in Grande Prairie & the rest of ALberta. Where we have NO pst....grin

January 11, 2012 @ 7:52 AM

Monica Bodner

Hi Brian,
Not sure if you see these or not, if so want to drop me a quick line? Just want to catch you up.

Monica

January 25, 2012 @ 5:48 PM

melanie

Hey Brian, we were one of your most ardent fans. Is there any website where we can listen to extracts from "Brian Henderson's commentary or Brain Henderson"s musings. We, as well as all your fans would love that.

January 25, 2012 @ 7:45 PM

Michele

Brian: The day you "signed off" of the morning show is the day I signed off of listening to CHUM. Miss all your great stories, commentaries and jokes with the gang. Mornings have never been the same. I am an ardent 60 yr. old fan who tuned in to CHUM since I was 12. I was given a tour of the CHUM bldg. by Larry Soloway when I was all of 16 yr. old. My brother Stephen Harper called in an elephant joke and won money in the very early years of the station.

Take care all all the best on your retirement.

February 2, 2012 @ 9:59 AM

Grace Marsh

It's great to hear that Brian is doing well. I "grew up" with him and Kyle. When I see Amber Paye on TV doing traffic it reminds me of Henny, I believe she started her career with him.

Now to find out what happened to Big Jim Marshall, the other DJ I listened to a lot.

March 10, 2012 @ 8:37 AM

Cynthia Gemmel

Like Michele, the day you left CHUM was the day I stopped listening. My favourite part of the day was listening to your commentary. There's still no one out there doing that as well as you. I am so happy to hear you are still alive and kicking. Ever thought about starting your own commentary blog?

March 16, 2012 @ 4:36 PM

Dale Patterson

An aircheck of Brian Henderson on CHUM from August 12, 1998 can be heard at the following link. He also tells the story of his career.

http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/chumbug2.html

May 2, 2012 @ 11:05 AM

Allan Webster

Brian probably kept me in high school. He was the funniest kid in our 9j class at Thornhill Highschool. He was a person who knew how to bring a needed chuckle to the worst of days. Bless you, Brian

May 16, 2012 @ 9:52 PM

julie

Dear Brian, I really miss you.You were my morning ritual.You told it like it was.I rememeber when your first wife passed, I felt like family. You are and were the best. Take Care, Kyle is grown up now lol

May 31, 2012 @ 4:17 AM

Ron Fletcher

Brian, is there by any chance a book of your commentary's. I would love to have one if it is available. (maybe something for a retirement project). I am glad to find out you are doing fine.

July 13, 2012 @ 4:40 PM

the lady and oldtoad gil

hello henny thankyou for playing I Want to hold your hand for us on chum, we sat there holding hands singing,:) yep she still cranks my tractor been 42 years now

our 42 is july 21 any we will have a HENNY MOMENT then let the punk rock band rip up our backporch for the neighbours retirement is crap :) rockit

July 13, 2012 @ 6:28 PM

Glenn Bell

Hi Henny. Great to see you are doing fine in retirement. I listened to CHUM for 50 years or at least when they were playing the oldies music. No one plays oldies in our area anymore. Too bad for our over 65 group who really enjoy them. Loved your show even have a recorded tape that I treasure. Keep healthy and many more years to enjoy your family.

July 24, 2012 @ 1:32 PM

Mattea Angelini

Hi Henney, glad to hear you are doing good, the mornings were never the same after you left. It sure was great while it lasted. Take care.

August 21, 2012 @ 1:48 PM

Anne Seitz

Finally decided to google & find out what happened to you.
Was thinking about you because we were in Muskoka where Dick Smyth retired to.
I listened to the two of you every morning on my way to work & then to you after he retired.
After coming home from Florida were we spend our winters you were gone from CHUM & I always wondered what happened. Glad to hear that you are okay.

October 5, 2012 @ 7:30 PM

Anne Seitz

Finally decided to google & find out what happened to you.
Was thinking about you because we were in Muskoka where Dick Smyth retired to.
I listened to the two of you every morning on my way to work & then to you after he retired.
After coming home from Florida were we spend our winters you were gone from CHUM & I always wondered what happened. Glad to hear that you are okay.

October 5, 2012 @ 7:30 PM

Yvonne Ferlatte Locke

Always loved listening to you on CHUM-there is a new high school being constructed on highway 5 ( Dundas St) in the Halton school district area just west of oakville-good luck to your son !

October 10, 2012 @ 1:53 PM

Spencer

With all the extreme right of centre news organizations on the air waves, I was always looking forward to listen to your commentaries that were always right on the money. You've always reflected what were on most people’s minds on any given topic; I sure miss listening to you on 1050 CHUM

Regards,
Spencer

October 24, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

al knight

great to see you are still around just by chance was looking on the computer and thot of looking you up miss your radio commentary and you should still be doing it look how long dave deval did the weather lolol take care

March 3, 2013 @ 7:12 PM

keeper

The White Knight can always get a job selling waste cans in Barrie. keeper

March 17, 2013 @ 4:07 PM

Firehose

Sure miss the good times....they far out weigh the tough times

July 18, 2013 @ 3:56 PM

Jake

Over the years I've enjoyed Henny and then Derringer. Other than them it's CDs.

September 3, 2013 @ 7:06 PM

Hughie the pig

Heard you had died! Glad to find out you are still with us. Inge and I just celebrated our 40th, you were great as M/C. Kids in Thornhill, just memories now. Wonder whatever happened to Curtin?Remember visiting the stations in Midland and Barrie before you hit the big times. I turn 70 in a a month, ouch! Hugh

October 10, 2013 @ 3:11 PM

Karl Consack

So glad to hear that you & Kyle are doing fine. You made me feel like family with your commentaries..take care and go with your God(s). Karl.

November 18, 2013 @ 7:30 PM

Grace Gilmour

I was just asking my husband today, if he could remember who the dj was that we used to listen to all the time on the way to work, he couldn't remember, so I went on google and as soon as I saw the name Brian Henderson, it all came back to me. He was a fantastic dj and I am so happy he is still doing well. Sorry to hear he was fired but maybe he will love retirement as much as I do now. Thanks Henny for all the years on Chum.

November 20, 2013 @ 7:54 PM

Jack mcelroy

Glad things are going ok for you and your family ,sure miss you on the radio ,enjoy your retirement , Best of Luck Jack McElroy ps friend of Gary Huckvale

February 16, 2014 @ 8:26 PM

Murray Hibbard

Hi Brian: I've never met you but I ALWAYS appreciated the things you had to say while you were on the air at CHUM. I first moved into the area in the mid-80's. CHUM was talking about its 'new format' and you were the sports commentator. I'm not into sports at all so I didn't expect to enjoy your comments but I always did! Then you morphed into general commentator which was even better because it didn't limit you so much. I had a wife the same age as 'the bride' and a kid the same age as 'the wonder kid'. I wiped tears the day they announced that you had lost your wife. I have now lost mine too. Anyway: thank you SO MUCH for being such a part of my life back then.

Oh, and coincidentally, I was let go from my job last August, I'm convinced because I'd been there too long and was making too much. So sorry it happened to you too. Seems like we're living parallel lives. Except I have not yet had the blessing of marrying again.

Anyway: good to have an update on you. I always wondered what happened to Brian Henderson. God bless.

April 22, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Brian Henderson

You're not going to believe this, but I just discovered this page at 3 o'clock this morning. As you can see I am basically computer illiterate, but Gayle tells me that if I leave a note here I may be able to reconnect with some of you. Or not.

June 25, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Brian Henderson

By default, I don't publish your email address.... but if you want it public, just put it in your actual comment instead of in the email field.

I know lots of people miss hearing you on the radio and would love to reconnect.

June 25, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Anonymous

Reading all the comments about Henny brings back wonderful memories . I too felt i was part of the family. Really miss your humor , wit ,and commentary . Hasnt been a radio station like the old days of Chum 1050 since, anyhow Im glad to hear your enjoying retirement . God Bless to All

August 15, 2014 @ 7:20 PM

Cathy

I think I have missed that laugh the most. It always started my day on the right foot. As one who is getting on in years and looking for a job, I am all too familiar with the concept that everyone is looking for the younger ones to fill the job. But Brian with all of your experiences and with your sense of humour, I think you should seriously consider writing a book. Wishing you continued good health.

December 17, 2014 @ 7:50 AM

Rob

Brian, we are happy to hear you are enjoying retirement. Was never able to find you until now. We had hoped you would resurface somewhere and make our morning commute fun again. We actually hoped you would join the Brampton radio station and carry on your carrier. If you happen to drop by at three in the morning and see this, you need a life, actually I have to ask if you ever lived in Thorncliffe Park and went to Thorncliffe Public School?

Carry on and enjoy the rest of your retirement.

Rob and Sue

March 1, 2015 @ 10:14 PM

David


Finally found where you ended up. You were from the Old Breed, you called a spade a spade. You were the last of the old boys, we couldn't wait to hear your commentary every day. All of it was a delight. We were in tears about your first wife, i believe. How sick she was. Felt for Kyle, he was so young. The good days are all gone. It's frustrating how things have change. Simple was better and so were you Brian

April 20, 2015 @ 4:22 PM

Bob Wells

Helolo Brian, always wonderded what you are up to. Hope you nad yours are well. I,mm still here in NS and working, they won,t fire me !!! We have both come a long way since the early mornings in Barrie. Take care , be well. Bob

May 5, 2015 @ 2:38 PM

Karen Ashmead

Hi Henny - my Dad (Peter Stapley) asked me to try to find you He thinks/talks of you often and would love to reconnect!

July 14, 2015 @ 1:49 PM

Barb Haley (aka Horvat)

Hi Brian,

Nice to hear you're well and happy! I can't believe Kyle is married...wow, how time flies!

Keep well!

Barb

August 8, 2015 @ 11:10 PM

Tom Shields

I was the guy who followed Henny into Midland when he left CKMP. When Canada beat the Russians in 1972, Henny was pushing the Calgary Ale....box of sandwiches so we ate chicken and drank beer all thanks to Henny.
In 2000, I was known as Canada's Rock N Roll Mayor in Osoyoos as I put on very huge concerts in the area including the Elvis Festival in Penticton. One of the guys I met was an RCMP motorcycle cop who was also a fantastic Elvis tribute artist. His name is Jeff Bodnar. Since 2000 I new Jeff and introduced him at a Kelowna Elvis Festival in 2007. Once I introduced Jeff and he went on-stage, I met Jeff's wife for the first time and she thanked me for promoting Jeff and his Elvis Tribute show. She then asked me is I knew Brian Henderson the radio announcer in Ontario. I said of course...great guy....and she said..."Brian Henderson is my father".

The most pleasant surprise of my life!

October 9, 2015 @ 11:52 AM

Tom Shields

I was the guy who followed Henny into Midland when he left CKMP. When Canada beat the Russians in 1972, Henny was pushing the Calgary Ale....box of sandwiches so we ate chicken and drank beer all thanks to Henny.
In 2000, I was known as Canada's Rock N Roll Mayor in Osoyoos as I put on very huge concerts in the area including the Elvis Festival in Penticton. One of the guys I met was an RCMP motorcycle cop who was also a fantastic Elvis tribute artist. His name is Jeff Bodnar. Since 2000 I new Jeff and introduced him at a Kelowna Elvis Festival in 2007. Once I introduced Jeff and he went on-stage, I met Jeff's wife for the first time and she thanked me for promoting Jeff and his Elvis Tribute show. She then asked me is I knew Brian Henderson the radio announcer in Ontario. I said of course...great guy....and she said..."Brian Henderson is my father".

The most pleasant surprise of my life!

October 9, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Donna b

I listened to your commentary every morning before going in to work for 730.Super bowl Sunday is imprinted on my brain . I am so happy
Kyle is well and you too! I have wondered for a long time whatever happened to Brian Henderson?

March 13, 2016 @ 6:31 PM

Donna b

I listened to your commentary every morning before going in to work for 730.Super bowl Sunday is imprinted on my brain . I am so happy
Kyle is well and you too! I have wondered for a long time whatever happened to Brian Henderson?

March 13, 2016 @ 6:31 PM

Don Bremner

Henny was amazing one of the best commentators sports radio announcers in Canada during his tenure at Chum. Brian and I enjoyed many libations at Deli and Bistro over those years a great friend and one Toronto's greatest radio rush hour commentators wonderful real stories as long as you weren't part of the recollection

August 17, 2016 @ 3:52 PM

Ben K

As a young child, I grew up listening to Henny, Gerry, Mary and Robbie on the 1050 CHUM morning show. I remember getting smack talk from my older teenaged brothers who listened to 104.5 CHUM FM and couldn't understand why I was listening to an 'old man's radio station'. All these years later, it was still the best morning show Toronto has ever had - from Jerry wrestling a bear live on-air to Henny's commentaries.

If you are still reading this Brian Henderson, the fact that comments are being added four years after this post was first published is a testament to the great job that you did.

September 13, 2016 @ 4:46 PM

Bruce Tiffin

Tif
Hey Henny, hope you are doing well. I have fond memories of the Clarkson and the stories and characters associated with it. We share a common birthday, Friday the 13 is not so bad after all.

February 18, 2017 @ 4:06 AM

suzie newman

just saw your 65th bday video.
you look terrific.
i'm so happy you are well enough and enjoying woods in your backyard.
please email me if you get a moment.
i am in florida until june and st. andrews n.b
i send you all my love and best wishes.
suzie
have you heard where brian crawford is?

March 15, 2017 @ 9:49 PM

Anonymous

I remember the day you were giving it to dick smyth for putting a trailer hitch on his Cadillac. And now 45 yrs later I have a Cadillac and am thinking about putting a trailer hitch on it. Loved both you guys !! All the best to both of you!!!!

September 13, 2017 @ 6:37 PM

Jake Wilson

This isn't any Tom Dick or Henny.
After Henny was retired I found a Henny type in Derringer. Then I retired too and watch moronic morning TV.

February 5, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

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